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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook left Chicago's 4-2 loss against the Ducks early in the second period on Wednesday after absorbing a massive hit to the head by former Hawk James Wisniewski.
Seabrook, behind his own goal, had moments earlier delivered a hit on Ducks winger Corey Perry. When the puck returned behind the net, Wisniewski went right for Seabrook, hitting him high and against the boards. Seabrook looked like he lost consciousness for a moment as he went to the ice, but quickly recovered in time and was able to slowly skate off the ice with the help of the Hawks' training staff.
He sat on the bench for a moment before going back to the Hawks' dressing room.
"You hit a guy without the puck, you could kill a guy," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "It's the most dangerous hit in the history of the game, alright."
Duncan Keith jumped Wisniewski after he delivered the hit and both went off for fighting. Keith was given a holding penalty on the play and Wisniewski a charging infraction.
Quenneville argued profusely after the calls, presumably because Wisniewski wasn't penalized further.
"... He tried to hurt him," Quenneville said. "If that's not intent, that's as bad a hit as you could ever have in the game."Wisniewski argued that Seabrook's injury was not due to a hit to the head. "It probably will get looked at, but the result wasn't because of a shot to the head. I'm 5-foot-11 and he's 6-3. What happened was that my face hit his face. The visor came down and cut up my nose. I was shocked when I saw the result of it on the replay," Wisniewski said. "I didn't do anything wrong," Wisniewski added. "The result of what happened isn't good, but there wasn't anything wrong that I did."
Seabrook did not return to the game. Dustin Byfuglien took his place on defense.